Welcome to the Back in Focus website: Fighting the whole of axial spondyloarthritis

Back in Focus is an educational programme for UK healthcare professionals who are involved in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with axial spondyloarthritis (SpA), including ankylosing spondylitis.

The programme is structured around the Management Pathway for Axial SpA developed by the expert multidisciplinary Back in Focus Steering Committee. For more information on the members of the Steering Committee see the 'About Us' page.


Play the video to hear about the Management Pathway for Axial SpA from a member of the Back in Focus Steering Committee


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Back in Focus aims to:

  • Provide easily accessible practical guidance and tools to support healthcare professionals (HCPs) to help optimise care of patients with axial SpA at all stages of the management pathway for axial SpA from screening to treatment and review 
  • Drive collaboration between all members of the multidisciplinary team (MDT), including nurses, physiotherapists and radiologists, to support informed and joint  decision making for axial SpA patients
  • Offer flexible training opportunities, and relevant materials, to allow HCPs to attend, or run their own, training and meetings which cater to the needs of each member of the MDT, through either practical training, independent learning or group teaching.

Click on one of the section tabs above to explore the materials available to download today, or register for our mailing list to be first to hear about our interactive meetings held across the country.

BASDAI: Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index,BASFI: Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index,BASMI: Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Metrology Index, BAS-G: Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Global Score, ASQoL: Ankylosing Spondylitis Quality of Life, WPAI: Work Productivity and Activity Impairment, NSAIDs: Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs, CRP/ESR: C-reactive Protein/ Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate, ASDAS: Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score, MRI: Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The Back In Focus initiative is organised and funded by AbbVie. The Axial SpA Management Pathway was developed by the Back in Focus Steering Committee; organised and funded by AbbVie. The review recommendations are based on the Back in Focus Steering Committee expert opinions.



Date of preparation: April 2019 | UK-HUM-190088